On a night like any other, when single mother Abi falls asleep hard and fast, her teenage daughter, Olivia, has sneaked out of the home. As any mother knows, a call in the middle of the night can never be good news; so when Abi answers the phone, her stomach is a pit. Her daughter is in the hospital, brain-dead, after a fall from the bridge. As if that information wasn’t hard enough for her to digest, Olivia is pregnant. Who is the father? Was Olivia’s ‘fall’ really an accident? Why is it so hard to convince the police to look into it? How do you move on when the core of your life lies motionless and empty in the hospital?
Aiden Bishop, a man unknown to himself, has one day to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. The twist? He will live the same day as 8 different party guests whose personalities will either help, or hinder, his investigation.
Ellie Mack is a perfect 15-year-old girl who suddenly goes missing one day on her way to take her exams. There are no leads on where she went or what happened to her and she was never seen again.
If I could choose to be anything that I wanted, I would choose to be Gillian Flynn. I cannot express how much I love her novels. Every time I try to verbalize how much I adore her books, nothing feels substantial enough. Words don’t do my love justice.
After reading some reviews and the synopsis of this book, I was excited to dive into it. I thought it was going to be disturbing and upsetting. We rarely see murder from the killer’s point of view. I was expecting an American Psycho-esque thriller. And this book fell far, far short of that.
The Broken Girls isn’t your average murder suspense novel. While the ingredients may seem commonplace – a journalist trying to find answers to a loved one’s murder – there is a haunting element to this novel that gives you the heeby-jeebys.
As someone who has long been reading serial killers, mass murderers, and cult, I didn’t expect to hear anything new from this book. I have read about Jim Jones and watched plenty of documentaries, but it’s clear to me now that the impact of Jonestown can never be dampened.